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Ballarat Racing Tips for 6.8.2021 - 4 best maiden runners

  • Back four promising maiden runners
  • Don't worry about the rain; they race on the synthetic
  • Sales toppers in action
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Ballarat-Sythetic hosts eight races on Friday. (Getty)

Ballarat Racing Tips for 6.8.2021 - 4 best maiden runners

Get our best horse racing bets for Ballarat on Friday, August 6, where we highlight four promising maiden runners on the synthetic surface that could mature into high-quality types. There are some high-priced thoroughbreds in action in Victoria and all eyes will be on them to see if they can exit maiden grades.
  • Race 1 11:50am AEST – No. 3 Heroic Chief
  • Race 2 12:20pm AEST – No. 10 Midnight Hussy
  • Race 4 1:25pm AEST – No. 1 Andress
  • Race 5 2:00pm AEST – No. 9 Italian Poet

Race 1 11:50am AEST – No. 3 Heroic Chief

Looking to cap off consecutive placings is Heroic Chief. The Levi Kavanagh-trained three-year-old finished second on debut at Werribee before running third behind Compardy at Kyneton. There is plenty to like about those efforts and his form should stack up nicely at Ballarat. The son of Rubick has since run second in a recent jumpout at Flemington behind Isaurian, so that’s open-class form.

Drawing barrier four is ideal and jockey Craig Newitt should be able to track the speed and pull out for a winning run in the straight. His odds have firmed after opening at $3 and those odds are likely to firm on race day.

Race 2 12:20pm AEST – No. 10 Midnight Hussy

Midnight Hussy is an expensive sales purchase that could make a winning debut on Friday. The Clinton McDonald-trained daughter of Exceed and Excel was purchased for $350,000 and she won a recent jumpout in the quickest time over 800m. That bodes well for a successful debut and she gets every chance off the inside draw.

Bookmakers opened her at $2.30 and her odds have remained steady throughout the betting. Having senior rider Brett Prebble in the saddle helps and it could be enough to see her land the prize for favourite punters.

Race 4 1:25pm AEST – No. 1 Andress

Andress started her career with consecutive second placings at Warrnambool and that form is likely to hold up at this level. The maiden runner didn’t fire at Casterton fresh up, but she didn’t enjoy the wet track conditions, and racing on the synthetic surface should help. Her first two placings came on good tracks and she is better for the run.

Drawing barrier 14 is the only negative, but there has been a stack of betting support and that is a good sign. She opened at $3.60 and her odds have firmed to $2.70, so it’s a serious move and it’s worth noting. We expect more money to come her way and she doesn’t have much of a field to beat, so we’re not expecting her to stay in maiden grades for very long.

Race 5 2:00pm AEST – No. 9 Italian Poet

Italian Poet wins the award for the unluckiest maiden runner after having no luck in all four career starts. The son of Zacinto flashed home late to finish seventh at Sandown and his turn-of-foot was impressive after being forced to cover ground. His change in speed is a good sign and once he gets his maiden win out of the way, we expect him to rise through the grades.

Barrier 10 will likely see him drift back, but jockey Damian Lane should find cover and he can make a run at the right time. Punters get each-way odds and he’s well worth the risk. Italian Poet can start the new season with a change of luck.


Our four best bets for Ballarat on Friday.

Best Bet: Heroic Chief Race 1 @170 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Midnight Hussy Race 2 @130 at Sportsbet - 3 Units
Best Bet: Andress Race 4 @170 at Bookmaker - 2 Units
Best Bet: Italian Poet Race 5 @300 at Sportsbet - 5 Units

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